A few weekends back, I decided to revisit Mamounia Lounge in Knightsbridge with a close friend of mine. We wanted a really nice relaxed evening with good food, and as I previously had enjoyed eating at the restaurant I thought it would be nice to take my friend there. I’ve been meaning to share restaurant/food experiences with you all as I personally love reading those kind of posts, so I thought it was about time I created some of mine.
It was a really nice breezy summer evening, so I opted for an all-white outfit, bar the heels. The restaurant itself was full of ambience and character, teeming with people and a live DJ so the atmosphere was really lively and pleasant. I asked to sit at the back, which is a little section right by the kitchen which is much quieter than the front. If you wanted a little bit of quietness away from the crowd, I would recommend asking for a seat there if the section is open. The décor is gorgeous, with plush seats and huge cushions and rose petals scattered on the table.
After I refreshed myself with a Strawberry Mojito mocktail (which I highly recommend) we set about ordering the starters. We opted for Jawaneh, which is chargrilled chicken wings marinated with paprika, oregano and lemon juice. It was nice, but mediocre so next time I think I will opt for something different as I think I was playing it a little safe. However the second starter of Merguze was mouth wateringly delicious. It is grilled traditional Moroccan lamb sausage filled with spices, red pepper and garlic and it was so tasty and delicious. It is served with bread and a cold aubergine mezze which itself was rather heavenly and we wiped the plate clean with the bread.
For mains I knew what I wanted, a really good tagine, in a traditional tagine dish. I love tagines as the meat tends to be really well cooked and tender, and the sauce very flavoursome but unfortunately it is quite hard to get hold of locally for me. I opted for the Chicken Tagine which is described as: Half Chicken marinated in a Lemon, Onion, Olive and Saffron Sauce Served with Saffron Potatoes, preserved Lemon and Olives. How good does that sound? It came steaming and bubbling and satisfied my craving perfectly. My friend went for the Meshoui, which is a shoulder of lamb which has been slowly roasted for 8 hours. As you can imagine the meat was so tender and soft and we both thoroughly enjoyed our mains. We also got a side Mamounia Special Rice which was a perfect compliment to both our meals. Feeling too stuffed from the food (neither of us have huge appetites), we decided to split a dessert although I’ll admit it was me that polished most of it off. I chose a Chocolate Fondant, a rich chocolate cake with a gooey melted chocolate centre, it was perfect with just the right amount of cake and melted chocolate ratio.
Overall we both loved our experience at this restaurant, and as we went on a Saturday evening there was a DJ at the restaurant and a belly dancer twirled around diners later in the evening which made us feel like we were transported to somewhere abroad for a little while. The service was great and attentive, the food delicious and we both definitely want to return. I know that there is a Mamounia Lounge branch in Mayfair but I might just stick to this one, why fix something that isn’t broke? I hope you liked my Mamounia Lounge review, let me know if you would like to see more. Now that I have got my Sony A5100 [blog post here], I won’t need to lug my huge DSLR to restaurants so hopefully it will now be easier to snap pics. Speak soon, Tanzina x